This citation for Fred Baker's DSO is reproduced from the April 1990 NZ 28 Maori Battalion Golden Jubilee Reunion booklet:
34879 Lieutenant/Colonel Fred Baker D.S.O.
In the battle of ALAMEIN from 23 Oct, 1942 up to the battle on 1/2 Nov, when he was seriously wounded, Lt Col BAKER showed himself to be a worthy commander of a hard fighting battalion. During a difficult and confused situation and whilst under heavy fire his firmness and fine personal example of cheerfulness and courage materially assisted to maintain the spirits of his men. In the attack on Point 29 on 1 Nov, he commanded with outstanding spirit in a hard fought attack and whilst doing so suffered severe wounds. He showed exceptional thoroughness and skill throughout.